Birgitte Kallestad, a 24-year-old Norwegian woman, who worked as a hospital employee, was on holiday walking with her family through the streets of the Philippines when she suddenly realized that there was a stray puppy near her and her family. It happens that Birgitte ended up doing what an animal lover would have done if he or she were in the same situation, and that was to pick up the puppy and take the puppy to her hotel room to clean and to properly take care of the puppy.
Time passed, and the dirty, hurt and frightened stray puppy she had brought with her in a basket ended up being a clean, healthy and enthusiastic puppy. Perhaps too enthusiastic according to Birgitte’s family, why? and does it matter? Yes, and you’ll be surprised to know why in detail.
Birgitte found it irresistible not to play with the puppy, and like everyone who has dogs will know dogs like to bite, and a lot for that matter. Birgitte’s family members tell that she would put a hand to the puppy’s mouth, and quickly take it back to prevent the puppy from catching the hand with his bare teeth, although sometimes the puppy would manage to catch the hand and bite it, leaving some wounds.
After holidays ended, Birgitte and her family had to return to Norway, when she returned, she began to feel ill, she didn’t know exactly what she had. When her condition eventually got a lot worse, she had to be taken by her family several times to a hospital for doctors to discover what she had.
Unfortunately, the doctors did not know what was wrong with her, they couldn’t find a satisfactory diagnosis, and because of that, Birgitte would end up dying on May 6.
After her death, Birgitte’s family was able to know what caused her death, and the family called for a press conference, announcing that Birgitte died from rabies, because of the stray puppy, even though, Birgitte disinfected her wounds at the time, that wasn’t enough. It is possible to treat and cure rabies is if is diagnosed in time. Birgitte wasn’t diagnosed in time and ended up with a severe infection that affected her nervous system, and brain that caused her death.
Because of this incident, (a unique case, as Birgitte, is the first woman in Norway to die of rabies in approximately 200 years) doctors and other medical specialists are urging those who plan to travel overseas to get vaccinated against rabies.
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